Austin College students raising money for Philippines relief effort

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SHERMAN, TX -- When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Austin College students wanted to help.

Nearly 4000 people were killed and 1600 are still missing nearly two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines.

Inside this classroom on the Austin College campus this group of students tracked the storm's path and it's devastation.

Lauren Bolinger said, "It really, I think, affected us with the gravity of the situation because we understand how it works, how rare it is, just how unfortunate these people are,"

Lauren Bolinger and the rest of these students in Dr. David Baker's Global Climate and Extreme Weather class, were studying tropical storms and hurricanes when haiyan hit.

Lauren said, "So, I think it really deepened our understanding of how much help they needed and what a disaster it truly was,"

Jackson Ross said, "It helped to understand the magnitude of the whole event a lot better."

"They don't have food. They don't have water. They don't have electricity," added Lauren

The class is collecting monetary donations to help victims.

All money raised will go to the Presbyterian Disaster Relief.

"We chose them specifically because 100 percent of what we raise will be sent to them," said Lauren

Jackson Ross says it makes him feel accomplished knowing he and the rest of the student body can have an impact on people in need thousands of miles away.

Jackson said, "It just makes you feel great knowing you can do something small for somebody across the world when they really need help."

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